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AUBURN, Ala. – Senior All-American Kaytianna McMillan won the all-around with a 39.125 and 13th-ranked Oregon State knocked off No. 8 Auburn, 195.575-195.275, on the road Friday in the season-opener for both teams before an Auburn Arena crowd diminished by a winter storm warning in the area.

It was the first career all-around title for McMillan, a first-time All-American in 2016. She also tied for first on the floor exercise (9.825), tied for second on vault (9.825), tied for third on uneven bars (9.775) on vault and tied for eighth on balance beam.

“We had a solid start and have a lot of room for improvement,” head coach Tanya Chaplin said. “I was really pleased with the effort and focus they put in tonight’s competition. We’ll look forward to improving and adding difficulty throughout the season.”

OSU’s other event winners were Erika Aufiero, who won with a 9.85 on the bars, Madeline Gardiner, who secured first place with a meet-high score of 9.90 on the beam, and Isis Lowery, who tied McMillan for the floor title. Junior Dani Dessaints finished second on the bars (9.85) and tied for second on the vault (9.825). 

The Beavers’ top rotation was the vault, as Dessaints anchored a lineup that scored 49.025, the only team score of 49+ points in the meet. That gave OSU a .125 lead at the midway point. The Beavers continued to open the lead in each of the next two rotations.

OSU approached the 49-point mark on the bars in the opening rotation scoring 48.900 to earn a tie heading into the second rotation. The Beavers hit 23 of 24 performances and did not count a fall.

Producing personal-bests were freshman Sabrina Gill (9.775) on vault; Dessaints (9.850) and freshman Isis Lowery (9.550) on beam and on floor, Lowery (9.825)  and Gill (9.725).

OSU welcomed back Aufiero, a redshirt senior who missed the entire 2016 season due to a knee injury, and Dessaints, a junior who missed all but one meet last year due to a shoulder injury. Aufiero, a 2015 All-American on the uneven bars, performed on vault and bars, while Dessaints, anchored the vault lineup and also performed on the balance beam.

“We had so many injuries last season and watching those athletes compete tonight was one of the main highlights of the evening.”

In addition, a pair of freshmen – Sabrina Gill (vault, bars and floor) and Isis Lowery (beam and floor) – made their collegiate debuts Friday night.

The Beavers travel to Seattle to take on Seattle Pacific on Jan. 13 and then return to Corvallis for a Jan. 21 meet against Seattle Pacific and Northern Illinois.

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